The Tennessee Titans on Tuesday released renderings of the new enclosed stadium at the heart of a proposed $2.1 billion deal with Nashville.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Tennessee Titans officials unveiled the broad strokes of the potential deal, which would raze the existing Nissan Stadium and construct a new stadium closer to Interstate 24, last week.
The renderings show a 1.7 million-square-foot stadium with a circular, translucent roof. The stadium’s exterior features terraces and porches, some with large screens that face green space surrounding the building.
The stadium would have a capacity of approximately 60,000 fans — slightly less than the current Nissan Stadium and among the smallest capacities of NFL stadiums throughout the country.
Titans President and CEO Burke Nihill said the smaller capacity is a deliberate choice that reflects “modern thinking” about in-stadium experiences. Fan options could span from luxury boxes to standing-room tickets to game-long tailgates, he said. Interior seats would have improved sightlines, according to the release.
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The renderings were commissioned to “inform site planning and cost estimates,” the team stated in a Tuesday news release. They were produced by Kansas City-based MANICA, an architecture firm that worked on Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium and San Francisco’s Chase Center. Nashville architecture firm Hastings partnered on the designs, “reflecting Nashville’s spirit and character” and integrating the building into the proposed neighborhood surrounding the new stadium.
Nihill said the team envisions a multipurpose design that could host both large-scale events and NFL games and community programs. The proposed stadium complex would also include a 12,000-square-foot community events space.
The team has not yet selected an architect of record, and full architectural designs have yet to be produced.
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To move forward, the stadium deal must secure approval from Nashville’s 40-member council, which is expected to review the terms of the agreement next week. Council members have said they want to be deliberate and skeptical in their review of the deal, which would be the largest public project in Nashville’s history and the largest public spend on a football stadium to date in the United States, according to The Sycamore Institute.
The Titans and National Football League would contribute $840 million to construct the new, enclosed stadium closer to Interstate 24, in the center of the Cooper administration’s redevelopment plan for 338 acres of Nashville’s East Bank. The state would chip in $500 million in bonds, and Metro would make up the remaining $760 million in Metro Sports Authority revenue bonds powered by sales tax in and around the stadium as well as a new 1% countywide hotel occupancy tax.